Can you spare a seat? {infographic}

I love this infographic as I remember being obsessed with these same stats when I was pregnant with monkey #2. I spent the last 2 months of my pregnancy in Manhattan and I remember talking to my husband about the most unsuspecting people offering their seat on the subway or bus. I also remembering mentioning that the people who averted their eyes the most were men, unwilling to offer me a seat. But those men who did offer me a seat were always on young the younger side (they obviously have good mothers!). I must say I was actually really surprised that more men did not offer me a seat.

I am equally fascinated by who offers me a seat now that I am babywearing. I also now live in Brooklyn and most of my subway and bus taking happens in that borough. I actually rarely want a seat if it is a short journey, but I get offered a seat ALOT. It is almost comedic how people start to argue with me to sit. I prefer to stand and jiggle little monkey back to sleep if necessary.

The first hand data collected for this infographic relates to a commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

How do people treat you when pregnant and or babywearing?

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No longer Lactose Intolerant with Horizon Organic

I have been lactose intolerant since I can remember. I’ve also loved cheese for as long as I can remember. I used to get horrible stomach pains and other “too much information” symptoms that my parents could not understand. When the doctors identified that I was lactose intolerant, it was a relief. We could not limit my dairy intake, thus relieving me of much pain and discomfort. But then, I was also miserable because I wasn’t eating as much cheese as I would’ve liked to or other foods rich in dairy

I never really loved drinking glasses of milk, but that all changed when I discovered organic milk. Now that I am a mother, I am always on the lookout for the best food to feed my family. By “best” I mean not only with the best nutritional value, but with a great taste as well – that is where Horizon Organic comes in. I first discovered them a few months back on way too frequent trips to caffeinate at a certain coffee shop rhyming with ‘Farlucks’. My son took a liking to the chocolate milk which in turn made me look for their products at the grocery store. They have an impressive selection of dairy products, from cheese, to milk, cottage cheese and sour cream – all perfect for making healthy snacks.

I’ve now taken a liking to drinking milk. I believe it definitely has something to do with the pure, fluid taste. Where as ‘normal’ milk is thicker and not as fresh tasting, Horizon Organic milk just tastes right – because there is nothing added. Also the added hormones and antibiotics found in ‘normal’ milk obviously did not agree with me.  My intolerance is basically non-existent when I drink organic milk and use other organic products in my cooking.

To find out more about what organic is, visit the Horizon Organic website.

Also, if you’d like a primer on how to read organic labels, watch my video here.

If you’d like to introduce the goodness of Horizon Organic to your family, be sure to come back tomorrow to enter in to win a $50 goodie pack from Horizon Organic which will include coupons to purchase their products.

Pretty on Pinterest – Purpalicious

If you know me well, you know that I luuuurve purple. I have purple glasses, my favorite bag and jacket are purple and this website, well… So this week’s theme was an easy one for me as I already have a purple board on Pinterest.

Need a Pinterest invite? Leave me a comment with an email address that I can send an invite to.

Make sure to head over to Simply Stacie and check out the other Purple Themed Pinterest Boards.

Source: via Ghada on Pinterest

Source: via Ghada on Pinterest

Source: via Ghada on Pinterest


The Secret World of Arrietty opens Friday

I’m looking forward to the newest creation from legendary Studio Ghibli (Ponyo). I’ve always been a fan of beautifully crafted animations since my days as a game development producer and anything Disney is bound to be a great story.

Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little people who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered, where the smallest may stand tallest of all.  This is an animated adventure based on Mary Norton’s acclaimed children’s book series “The Borrowers.”

Arrietty (voice of Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, lives with her parents (voices of Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (voice of Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts. But when 12-year-old Shawn (voice of David Henrie), a human boy who comes to stay in the home, discovers his mysterious housemate one evening, a secret friendship blossoms. If discovered, their relationship could drive Arrietty’s family from the home and straight into danger. The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” was executive produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, and directed by Gary Rydstrom.

The film hits theaters this Friday February 17, 2012.

Cast Members: Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler and Carol Burnett in Los Angeles to promote the film.

Cast Members: Amy Poehler, Bridgit Mendler and Carol Burnett in Los Angeles to promote the film.

Apple Choc Milk Bites – Lactation Mini Muffins

I’d heard about lactation cookies and their power to increase or stabilize milk supply for lactating mothers. I don’t have any issues with milk supply, but it is something that I can’t help but wonder about – especially on the days that I exercise. I have been a little light on the exercise lately *le sigh*, I’m hoping that will change soon. After all, I need to get ready for my half marathon in April – eeek! Anyways, back to milk supply…My go to website about breastfeeding is With both this pregnancy and the last, I’d heard alot about galactagogue. What are galactagogues you ask? Well the definition from is :

A substance that increases milk supply is called a galactagogue. Some of the most commonly used herbal galactagogues are fenugreek, blessed thistle, and alfalfa. There are also several prescription medications that can increase milk supply.

Of course, if you feel you have a severe milk supply issue, you should probably seek out help with La Leche League or your doctor.

But, if like me you want to make sure you keep a steady supply while pumping extra milk for your baby, or you want to make sure heavy exercise doesn’t disrupt your flow, you can try making my Apple Choc Milk Bites. These lactation mini muffins have been created by looking at various recipes for lactation cookies, and my research on galactagogues blended together with other ingredients to create a great taste. These have a specific purpose, so there is no frosting, just yummy goodness – many of the cookie recipes I saw had waaay too much sugar and other non-essentials for my liking. Also, as someone deathly allergic to nuts, my recipe is completely nut free. The website was my main inspiration for these little goodies.

Cool Tip for Mamas

These are lower in sugar that your regular muffin recipe and taste great. The added bonus to these Apple Choc Milk Bites is that they also aid digestion. Don’t be surprised if you are suddenly a little more regular, if you know what I mean. And don’t worry about the whole family digging into these. If you aren’t already producing milk, you won’t suddenly start to (phew, my husband was wondering!). In fact, Monkey #1 loves these and identified the apple taste instantly.

The oats and the brewer’s yeast are the 2 ingredients that are the most responsible for increasing the milk supply. Oats are easy enough to find (no quick cook ones please, we want all the goodness we can get) but for the nutritional yeast, you will have to go to a health food store. And if you are wondering, the answer is yes I noticed an increase in supply. 

Wordless Wednesday: My Angels meet her Angels

Me and the Monkeys Meet Roma Downey, Exec Producer of Little Angels

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